Thanksgiving Food Storage Tips for a Safe Holiday

When most people think about storage, large spacious units to keep mementos and other important belongings come to mind. Let’s consider a different type of storage for this time of year: food. Thanksgiving and the holiday season bring numerous gatherings, parties, and other festive outings. A major part of spending time with family, friends, and co-workers is preparing and serving food. Correctly storing food is crucial for a safe, healthy eating environment.

Food Container Or Plastic Food Storage Containers.

Food Storage Tips for a Healthy Holiday

  1. Clean Work Area

Proper food storage starts at the time of preparation. Consider implementing extra cleaning measures prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Prior to purchasing your holiday food, spend time cleaning your refrigerator and wiping down counters, cutting boards, and other spaces for preparing food. During the food preparation and cooking process, keep these general rules in mind.

  • Keep your preparation and cooking area clean.
  • Practice proper hand washing especially after handling fish and poultry.
  • Use an antibacterial spray to wipe down counters and other cooking areas.
  • When handling the turkey, use separate (or wash between uses) cutting boards, plates, and other cooking utensils.
  • Cook all food items as directed.
  • Do not thaw the turkey or other poultry on the counter. Use the refrigerator to thaw the meat.
  • Using warm water, attempt to keep your dishes washed as you progress through the cooking process. Unclean dishes, utensils, or cooking ware may harbor bacteria.

Implementing basic precautionary measures in the kitchen will help you maintain a healthy holiday.

  1. Watch the Temperatures

Another crucial component of proper food storage is temperature. When serving food, keep in mind, hot foods need to stay hot. Cold foods need to stay cold.

  • Using warming plates or slow cookers to keep food around 140°F.
  • Place ice in larger bowls than set your colder dish down into the bowl. The ice will help maintain the proper temperature.
  • Use a food thermometer. Checking temperatures help in keeping the food safe from forming bacteria.
  • Do not leave food set out for long periods of time.
  1. Storing Food Properly

After eating the Thanksgiving feast, storing food properly is vital for healthy, edible leftovers. Plastic containers, bowls with lids, freezer bags, tin foil, and plastic wrap are all valuable items for storing food.

  • Use shallow bowls or containers for warmer food storage. Once placed in the refrigerator, the food will cool down at a faster rate.
  • If applicable, remove the stuffing from inside the turkey prior to storage.
  • Cut turkey into smaller pieces or remove from the bone for easier storage.
  • Remove food from cooking dishes. Place food into smaller, easier to store containers.
  • Limit food storage in the refrigerator to up to four days.
  • Placing turkey in high-quality freezer containers or bags provide a longer storage time. Consume frozen turkey within four months to maintain flavor.

Proper food handling, preparation, and storage is a vital part of the Thanksgiving meal. Failure to implement basic guidelines may result in illness from bacteria.  At Abba Self & RV Storage, we have a variety of storage unit sizes available to meet your needs, including storing any leftover holiday decorations.  Stop by today to tour our storage units in Concord, CA and find the one that will work best for you.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at http://www.abbastorage.com/thanksgiving-food-storage-tips-safe-holiday/.

Business Storage Needs

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There are many reasons business storage can come up this time of the year. This time of year many businesses are busy getting ready to file their end of year reports.  On top of that if your business is seasonal you may also be surrounded by inventory right now and wondering how you can keep it all organized and out on time.

November and December are great months to start carving out time to prepare and get organized for the following year. Business storage can help many businesses get through the year end and start a new year organized.

Business Storage Needs

If you are running out of space in your office there are things you may be able to store away to help you stay organized and uncluttered, these may include the following:

  • Boxes of Files
  • Filing Cabinets
  • Office Furniture
  • Inventory
  • Large Equipment
  • Work Vehicles
  • Seasonal Items
  • Seasonal Giving

The good news is you don’t have to spend a whole lot of cash obtaining the extra space you need.

Affordable Business Storage Solutions

If you are looking for business storage that is easily accessible yet also affordable, self-storage is one of the best solutions. From monthly rent prices to size, you can customize a storage solution to fit your needs and easily change that solution as your business grows.

Self storage gives you the flexibility that you won’t get when you are paying for commercial or office space. As the season’s change and your storage needs decrease or increase so can your storage options. If something goes wrong and you need the extra money you are putting into storage, you are not locked into a long-term contract. This can be important especially when you are running a small business.

Size and price are not the only options you have when it comes to self storage. If you need to protect documents, wood furnishing or other precious items you may want to look into a climate controlled unit. This gives you the ability to control the climate inside your storage unit, keeping items protected from warm and cold spells as well as humidity.

As you can see self storage is a great option for your business storage needs.

Would You Like to Know More about Business Storage?

The team at Abba Storage can help you with any questions you have relating to your storage needs. Let us help you work out a storage solution that fits your businesses unique needs.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at http://www.abbastorage.com/business-storage-needs/.

Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right for You?

Hygrometer on a table shows comfort temperature and humidity

Putting items in storage does not mean you want to part with them, and it certainly doesn’t mean they don’t have value for you. The fact is often the items you put into storage are valuable in both money and memories. Many products are sensitive to the environment and all the changes that can occur with weather systems. These items need to be stored in a climate controlled storage facility. Depending on what you are planning to store, you may need to check if the facility you’re using can guarantee climate controlled units.

Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right For You?

Climate controlled storage facilities are on the rise as more and more people are putting luxury items away. You need to know there is a difference between ‘temperature control’ and ‘climate control’, even though they are often mistakenly assumed to be the same. To know if a climate controlled storage unit is what you need, you need to understand what these units will provide.

Temperature and Humidity Controlled

The difference between temperature and climate control is humidity. In a facility that only offers temperature control, that is what they monitor – just changes in temperature. Climate controlled units monitor both the changing levels of temperatures and humidity. Humidity can ruin a lot of valuable items by causing mold to grow, warping, discoloration, and many other damages. These are some items particularly susceptible to humidity:

  • Leather
  • Wood
  • Appliances
  • Collectibles such as coins, stamps, wine and comics
  • Musical instruments
  • Artwork
  • Clothing
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Electronics

When the humidity in the air increases, the air is able to retain heat, and the reverse occurs when humidity decreases – the air temperature will be lower.

Climate Control

climate controlled facility will use a quality HVAC system. They may also use dehumidifiers, thermostats that are customizable, and heavy-duty insulation. Dehumidifiers are ideal for managing humidity levels, and air conditioners are better for dropping temperatures quickly to get below the dew point.

Benefits of Climate Controlled Units

If you have items that are valuable, sensitive, or things you don’t want to be affected by climate change in your area, you should consider a facility which offers climate controlled units. These units will protect your property from damages humidity can cause and also protect it from dust, pests, and other factors.

Solution for Your Storage Needs

Abba Self & RV Storage offers customers state-of-the-art technology combined with excellent customer service. There are no long-term contracts, and we have numerous units in various sizes that are sure to meet your needs. Contact us today if you have property you need to be protected while it is stored. We have climate controlled spaces to ensure your property receives the extra care it deserves.

This post originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/climate-controlled-storage-unit-right/,

Storage Solutions for Contractors

Storage Solutions for Contractors

Small contractors face challenges that large companies avoid, but even a large company will sometimes need temporary storage. You may not always have a dedicated building where tools and equipment can be stored, materials can be gathered, or that can be accessed by employees or subcontractors around the clock. These are a few of the many benefits a storage unit at Abba Self & RV Storage has to offer, in addition to a wide variety of indoor and outdoor storage options.

Out of Town Solutions

Contractors working on a project from out of town need a safe place to keep their tools and materials. A storage unit includes gated access, individual alarms and sprinkler systems, and the convenience of 24 hour access. Month-to-month storage rental allows you to pay only for the storage space and time you need, and makes it easy to pack up and move on when the project comes to an end.

Benefits for General Contractors

General contractors may need to store tools and equipment for a variety of work, from building a foundation to putting on the roof. The staff at a storage unit company can help you select the right size storage unit for your needs, and provide you with some insight on getting everything organized for easy access to everything when you need it. Outdoor, RV storage areas are available for temporary storage of heavy equipment, and units can accommodate a wide variety of tools and even a vehicle or two.

Storing Equipment and Supplies

On-the-go contractors who visit multiple job sites will appreciate the ability to stop by and swap out the tools or supplies they need between stops. For example, a cleaning service may need a floor buffer at the morning’s first job, and ladders with window cleaning supplies for the second. Having easy highway access to your storage unit means you don’t have to clutter your vehicle and carry everything around the entire day, and that can improve your company image while working on site.

Access for Subcontractors

Not all contractors work daytime hours. For companies that burn the midnight oil, a storage unit means your subcontractors and employees can get to tools and supplies around the clock without rousing the boss or making a long trip back to headquarters. Coded gate entry is an easy way to track who comes and goes will give you extra protection for your property as well as creating a documented record of who comes and goes.

Abba Self & RV Storage is conveniently located near highways 4, 242, and 680 in the East Bay area. To talk to a representative about the benefits of self storage for a contractor, please contact Abba Self & RV Storage today.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/storage-solutions-contractors/.

Can You Make Money at a Storage Auction?

If you have ever watched a show like Storage Wars, you may have questioned whether the adventures of blindly bidding on what is in a storage unit can actually lead to making money.

Thanks to these reality shows, storage auctions have become a big deal across America. Many amateurs set out hoping that their bid wins them a pile of, but for everyday people are storage auctions really profitable?

Can You Make Money from Storage Auctions

The answer to this question totally depends on what is in a storage unit and that can be hard to know. You don’t get a preview or time to leisurely walk through a unit, spotting all the wonderful things you can sell. What you do get is a quick glimpse from outside the unit right before the bidding starts.

Whether you make money from what is in a storage unit will depend on what you can quickly sum up from a quick preview.

Clues that Items in a Storage Unit Might Be Worth Something

There are some things you can do when that storage unit opens to give you a better idea if what is in a storage unit might be valuable.

Take a flashlight and look at as much as you can before bidding.

  • Breathe in. You can tell by the smell of the unit if things are rotting or water damaged in a storage unit or if the owner may have been a smoker.
  • Get a look at anything that is lying out in the open. If these items are valuable chances are there are other valuables hidden away.
  • Look for professional moving boxes, professional movers are expensive and there is a higher chance that things in the boxes may be valuable.
  • Be sure to note whether the items and boxes look well cared for or not. There is a better chance that items are in a good condition if the unit looks well cared for.

If things look good in a storage unit, take a chance, just remember to have a set budget before going into a bidding war and be sure to stick with it. Once you have access to the unit you can have items appraised to see what they are worth.

Like anything, the more units you view and bid on the more experience you Our large self storage facility offers flexible storage solutions and lease terms. Contact Abba Storage today to find out more about our self storage property.

This article originally appeared on Abba Storage’s blog.